Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
More international flights landing at Scottsdale Airport
A record number of international flights landed at Scottsdale Airport in the early part of 2014, in part because the city expanded the U.S. Customs office and hours at the airport.
Through April, 334 international flights landed in Scottsdale. The record for a year is 490 in 2013. The highest first four months’ usage was in 2012, when 219 flights arrived in Scottsdale from outside of the United States.
Scottsdale added a second Customs officer in February in response to growing international business.
Scottsdale pays for the service, which in turn pays the salary, benefits and office space of the two Customs officers. That comes to $303,000. In exchange, the city keeps fees charged to the flights that use the Customs service. The bigger the plane, the higher the fees, ranging from $50 to $750.
“We estimated it would take two years to recoup the costs of the second officer,” said Michael Goode, a member of the Airport Advisory Commission, who works in the private-aircraft industry. “But there is a good possibility that we will recoup the costs in one year.”
Goode said the expansion was based upon feedback from airport users, all of them owners and operators of privately owned aircraft. No commercial aircraft use the airport.
“The schedule made no sense,” Goode said of the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday setup. The new schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
New weight limits for the airport runway set the stage for larger aircraft, he said.
Scottsdale can handle planes that weigh up to 75,000 pounds routinely. With advance notice, it can take in planes up to 100,000 pounds. In the works are plans to boost runway strength to make 100,000 pounds routine. The proposal is awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval.
The higher weight limits will allow planes to reach Scottsdale from almost any point on Earth. Recently, a plane came non-stop from Moscow, more than 6,000 miles away.
Passengers have come from Australia, Great Britain, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, the Philippines, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Peru, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela, airport officials said.
The numbers spike at exactly the time one would expect, with fall, winter and spring months by far the highest — when high-profile events and some of the best weather in the nation draw thousands of visitors. April has been the busiest month the past two years. Usage drops from May to September, the hot season.
Usage of the airport by international flights not only boosts Scottsdale’s business profile, it also benefits airport services, from maintenance and catering to fuel sales.
“This is a good opportunity for the airport,” Goode said.
Sarah Ferrara, aviation planning and outreach coordinator, said most of the flights come from Mexico and Canada. International flights must notify the Customs office of their arrival by 2 p.m. the day before arrival. Flights outside of normal hours are accommodated with an additional fee.
Scottsdale has been accommodating international flights since 2001. Rules governing them changed, allowing incoming flights to bypass the first port of entry and conduct Customs work at the point of landing, which results in more flights to enter entering the United States at Scottsdale.
Besides hardening Scottsdale Airport’s main runway, enabling the airport to handle 100,000-pound planes routinely, the airport has other improvements in the works.
• Airport operations center, new building — Currently housed in the business center next to the main terminal, the operations center handles most airport activity. The new building will cost $3 million. Design has been finalized, and the city is preparing to take it to bid.
• Taxiway A — Crack seal, seal coat, restriping. This is the main taxiway for planes heading to hangars after landing or heading out to taxiway B to take off. This currently is in the contract execution phase, and the design phase will begin after July 1. Cost: $220,000.
• Taxiway B — Strengthening and rehabilitation. The main runway will be strengthened to handle larger aircraft. Design is complete, and the city is awaiting grant funding to pay the $5 million price tag.
A little about me and my expertise – video
Feel free to contact Walter regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities and needs, your property or your Investment Needs for Comercial Investment Properties in Phoenix.
View my listings and my profile at:
Please go to my web-site and get all the newsflashes and updates in Commercial Investment Real Estate in Phoenix and Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix daily
Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn.
Follow me on Facebook:
Follow me on Twitter:
Follow Me on Google+
Walter Unger CCIM, CCSS, CCLS
I am a successful Commercial Investment Real Estate Broker in Arizona now for 20 years and I worked with banks and their commercial REO properties for 3 years. I am also a commercial landspecialist in Phoenix and a Landspecialist in Arizona.
WHETHER YOU LEASE OR OWN
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO EXPAND, UPGRADE OR INVEST.
we are at on the a rise of the cycle in Commercial Real Estate. so there is only one way and it’s called we are going up and now is the time for you to expand, upgrade or invest in Commercial Properties in Phoenix. The prices on deals I may get you will not be around forever.
WAITING TO SELL YOUR LAND ? TIMES CHANGE / IT’S TIME
We barely could give land away the last few years, but times are changing. Even in those meager years, I sold more land across the state than most other brokers. Before the real estate crash I was a land specialist in Arizona with millions of dollars of transactions, but then I had to change and also sell other commercial investment properties, which was fun, but I am a Commercial Landspecialist in Arizonal, a Commercial Land Specialist in Phoenix and love to sell land, one acre to thousands of acres.
If you have any questions about Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Investment Properties in Arizona, I will gladly sit down with you and share my expertise and my professional opinion in Commercial Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Properties in Arizona with you.Obviously I am also in this to make money, but it could be a win-win situation for all of us.
Please reply by e-mail email@example.com or call me on my cell 520-975-5207 or Office:480-948-5554
PLEASE NOTE, I CHANGED BROKERAGES BUT CELL PHONE AND E-MAIL STAY THE SAME.
Walter Unger CCIM
Associate Broker, West USA Commercial Real Estate Advisers
7077 E. Marilyn Road, Bldg 4, Suite 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Office : 480-948-5554
View my listings and my profile at:
a little about me and my expertise – video
Delivering the New Standard of Excellence in Commercial Real Estate
- Commercial Real Estate Scottsdale
- Commercial Real Estate Phoenix
- Commercial Real Estate Arizona
- Commercial Investment Properties Phoenix
- Commercial Investment Properties Scottsdale
- Commercial Investment Properties Arizona
- Land Specialist Arizona
- Arizona Land Specialist
- Land Specialist Phoenix
- Phoenix Land Specialist
- Land For Sale Phoenix
- Land for sale Arizona
- Commercial Properties For Sale Phoenix
- Commercial Real Estate Sales Phoenix
- Commercial Properties Phoenix
- Commercial Properties Arizona
- Commercial Land Specialist Phoenix
- Commercial Land Phoenix
- Multifamily land Phoenix
- Retail Land Phoenix
- Industrial Land Phoenix
- Land Commercial Phoenix
- Land Retail Phoenix
- Land Industrial Phoenix
- Land Multifamily Phoenix
- Industrial Land for sale Phoenix
- Land Industrial
- Investment Real Estate
Disclaimer of Liability
The information in this blog-newsletter is for general guidance only, and does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services, investment advice, or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional tax, accounting, legal, or other competent advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser who has been provided with all pertinent facts relevant to your particular situation. Tax articles in this e-newsletter are not intended to be used, and cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding accuracy-related penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. The information is provided “as is,” with no assurance or guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.